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Re: “Best of the East Bay 2016: Food & Drink Writers' Picks

Thank you for including Richmond. I was getting increasingly annoyed in reading your other 2016 winners lists and not seeing the city we live in represented. The East Bay is much more than Oakland and Berkeley!

Posted by D. Barrett on 07/21/2016 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Whoever had the courage and vision to share this information with the press, I am grateful. Of course, the news about giving away public land made the city look bad. That's because their actions were illegal & reprehensible. Duh! How stunning that these elected officials have made so many promises to improve transparency at city hall & now they're desperate to find out who's been sharing their embarassing secrets. Perhaps they were talking about switching from waxed paper to clear plastic wrap for their lunches. I hope that in November & other future elections, Oakland voters will not just vote for their old friends again. We so need new officials who will be honest, trustworthy, ethical leaders.

Posted by elisebernstein on 07/21/2016 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Beyond Cap-and-Trade: Many Environmentalists Say California Will Improve Climate Policy If It Reduces Emissions at Source

The issues contained within the present concepts of offsets are just one part of the larger problems created by CO2 emissions.

No matter what the scale of emission reduction is, atmospheric CO2 concentration will not be reduced. Only return to Earth of mineralized carbon can do that. Sequestration of carbon dioxide by regrowth of forests and greater soil organic carbon content will quickly be balanced by ecological releases of CO2.

Interregional and international offsets and traded allowances have been prohibited in several places around the world, and I would endorse their application , especially in places like the Bay Area. National policies might cap total emissions, and distribute them to the county levels and take into account the offsets from a variety of actions in national control targets. But, locally concentrated generation of GHG and other pollutants must, in all justice, remain -or be taken- under control of the local stakeholders.

I work with "Associated Carbon Technologies, Inc" that advocates conversion of biomass to fuels and residual chars, with the mineralized chars returned to soils as "biochar", an agriculturally beneficial soil amendment, with potential financial benefit to the biomass producers and converters from the sale of 'permanent' sequestration offsets.

Posted by Charles Laws on 07/21/2016 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Integrity does not come from or with a college degree. Does the word "transparency" have any definition in the city of Oakland?

Posted by PAM DAVIS on 07/21/2016 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Three Peters

Can they discuss the band "the Kinks"? (I guess the capital makes it ok.)

Posted by Mark Sheff on 07/21/2016 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Secrets and lies and watermarks. If the Mayor wants to know why her administration looks so bad she has only to look in the mirror.

Posted by Lindsey Urbina on 07/21/2016 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Expert: You Don't Have to Be a State Resident to Get Medical Marijuana In California Right Now

i have a question. I have an american passport but i was borned and i live In mexico city, I am currently visiting family in san diego, can i buy medicinal marihuana?? i am over 21

Posted by Jaw Knee on 07/21/2016 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Jamaal,
Please read the City Charter banning the Clerk from closed session is illegal and the Clerk does not under the City Administrator aurhority. The Clerk works for the Council. Council is the only body that can legally hire/fire the City Clerk. The meeting at the City open/closed are Council meetings not administration meeting. The Administrator is simply staff in those meetings. Lastly, just because someone has a degree doesn't make them smart or correct. It appears there is something personal going on between the City Administrator and the City Clerk. It should not however have an impact on the Clerk performing the duties outlined in the Charter.

Posted by THERESA64 on 07/21/2016 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Have a great day Tiffany ....this was fun:)
#kidsplay LOL

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/21/2016 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

You have the wrong person. But I see you have nothing of substance left to say so you're resorting to desperate personal attacks. I see why the work was too much for you. I really hope you're done this time. You dumb is showing.

Posted by Tiffany Wheeler on 07/21/2016 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Mrs Wheeler how do you go from being a Day care provider and watching my son for 10 bucks an hour in 2010 to ranking #1 on the Legislative Recorder list with no prior experience? Are you having fun at the DOE, or maybe I have the wrong person.....LOL

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/21/2016 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Ok. So be clear. You don't know me. If you did... You would know that you are ill equipped to continue this back and forth. Also, I'm using my real name so, unlike you I'm not hiding behind a pseudonym (fake name).

Now.. When I was hired at the city there was no list for Legislative Recorder. Another young lady and I were brought on as provisional. A test was created. I took it. Placed number 1 on the list and was hired permanently. I'm not sure where you got the information that I want hired over people that placed higher than me. It's simply a lie.

Also, LaTonda disclosed, prior to me being hired as provisional, that we had a prior relationship. It was no secret. There is no bombshell to drop. Everyone who needed to know... Knew. If they found out later it was none of their business to begin with.

To finish clearing up your lie filled post...I'll tell you that my reasons for leaving had nothing to do with the quantity of work. And it's none of anyone's business. I was doing more than my share of work long before I had to run the department by myself. I then continued to run agenda, including Council agenda and minutes, until a few months before I left. I didn't need overtime. I didn't need a ton of help. I just did my job. Everyone was doing multiple things. I didn't worry about what whoever should be doing. I did what needed to be done. I would have gladly gone back. I enjoyed my time at the City, because I did my job and left on excellent terms. So no...you don't understand me. Not at all.

Posted by Tiffany Wheeler on 07/21/2016 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Oakland SRO Tenants Sue Tech Housing Investors for Harassment

The same outfit has purchased the warehouse at 1919 Market, around the corner from my house. A group of neighbors have had to confront Danny Haber over the neglect of the HUGE building, and frankly our meetings with him just made my skin crawl. He was even suggesting that they put in a "dive bar", so apparently there's a pattern with him wanting to open bars on the properties they... well "manage" implies they actually DO something without being forced.

On a more personal level, Danny Haber is a late 20's "bro" who brought a case of cheap beer to the 1st community meeting, and acted surprised when none of us "grown ups" wanted any. He did not wear a suit or make any effort to appear professional. I don't know if he's had to deal with a group of angry homeowners near one of these blighted properties, but if he has, he certainly hasn't learned how to come across as something other than a creep who loves to drink.

Posted by cwestoak on 07/21/2016 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

I know who you are Tiffany. Your that personal friend of LaTonda's before your started working in her department. That she skipped over higher ranking individuals on your RANKING LIST to hire you! That was very unethical of her. FACTS on top of FACTS....

But you dont work their anymore, was doing all of Latonda's work too much for you...lol You you start to realize that doing City Council minutes was the City Clerk's job and not the Legislative Recorders job....I understand your pain👍

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/21/2016 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Disruptus

In print our web address should be:

www.vessel-gallery.com

Join us for three events:

THURS July 21, 6-8pm show celebration open for 3rd Thursdays on 25th

FRI August 5, 6-9pm open for Oakland Art Murmur, music performance by Echo Twin @7:30pm

SAT August 13, 2pm illuminating Vessel Artist Talk Series with Disruptus Artists & Poetry Reading, refreshments served

Posted by Lonnie Lee on 07/21/2016 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

The City Manager saw it fit to BANNNNNNNN Latonda from Closed Session.

If you have to write paragraphs to defend her work ethic thats longer than her resume and educational accolades....I MISS THE POINT LOL LOL LOL

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/21/2016 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Yes, something improper OCCURRED over a year ago, however there is no proof the City Clerk had anything to do with it. If you worked in the City...and in the Clerk's office it shouldn't surprise you that there were leaks. When I was there information was leaked all the time. I guess being fair doesn't matter to you, though. You do hold a grudge ma'am, because you are still providing no facts. I would absolutely fill out a speaker's card on July 26th, however, I don't think it will be necessary as the President of the Council has brought this legislation forward and ONLY council can pass a resolution to release the Clerk of her duties. After reading your last post, it is clear that a college degree does not equate to intelligence so I can see why she intimidates you. She would never make the grammatical, syntax or spelling errors that you did even with her "G.E.D.". I do not hide the fact that I consider her and Mike Munson close friends. That is why it is so personally offensive that you are trying to disparage both of them on this public forum by implying they are not intelligent enough to perform duties that you obviously couldn't manage yourself. Now, in my time at the City I heard nothing but accolades for her work. I DID have to work twice as hard to rebuild the reputation of past Legislative Recorders and even the ACC position as there was apparently some problems in THAT position historically. You hold no grudge, but felt it necessary to make her your profile picture. You hold no grudge, but you want someone that has many achievements and few (if any, failures) during her time in the Clerk's office to resign. Clearly, you don't care about the City of Oakland at all. Either that or you are just as immature as the current administration. If that weren't the case, your personal opinion of her wouldn't matter. You would be able to see past whatever happened more than 5 years ago, as I don't have a clue who you are and I worked there beginning in 2011, and focus on the duties of the Clerk and whether or not she's performed those duties effectively. You can take your petty platitude somewhere else. I don't need you to wish me a blessed day. I've lived a blessed life and will continue to do so.

Posted by Tiffany Wheeler on 07/21/2016 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Marijuana Laws On The Ballot in Seven States And Climbing This November Election

What we're seeing is the tail trying to wag the dog, when states make laws that directly conflict with federal (CSA) ones then "federal supremacy" steps in and is the law of the land according to our Constitution. Until Uncle Sam says its legal to "sell" and "profit" from a controlled substance and the transactions it simply cannot be lawful! If following state law has the potential of someone being prosecuted by federal entities and a ten year to life sentence in federal prison then the 5th Amendment also comes into play. The higharchy of law has existed for hundreds of years and any change has to occur from the "top down" not the "bottom up" or no individual is safe or protected from self incrimination and potential prosecution. Wake up America and smell the cannabis, tell congress to get off their ass and actual do something to resolve this issue once and for ALL! Marijuana is s plant put on this earth and given to us by God, it's not a drug manufactured by man and does NOT belong on the schedule of the CSA. If tomatoes had healing properties and helped us feel better and happier and think more freely would tomatoes be a "controlled substance" too? Think about it folks

Dave Armstrong
Managing Member of MediMarts

Posted by Dave Armstrong on 07/21/2016 at 6:27 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Mrs Wheeler this is a public forum ..its called free speech..lol
....I hold no grudge. Facts are Facts. Something improper accurred in Closed Session over a year ago and the CAO BANNED Latonda from Closed Session!
If she is your close friend, fill out a speaker card on July 26 and tell the City Coucil that her higher education doesnt matter:) And her G.E.D. is suffice.
Have a blessed day because I am💛

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/21/2016 at 6:06 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

So Ms. Rahim, since only people that have education past high school can understand you, why don't you try talking to me? I graduated college with honors so I'm sure I'll understand. Where do you get off implying that someone is ill prepared for a job that she has done WELL for a decade because of her level of education? She was appointed and approved by the CAO and council of that time (all presumed college educated people) and they have had no problems with her work product or ethic since. Even if she was a whistleblower, which you cannot unequivocally prove and should not say unless you can, how is that a problem? Would you want a keeper of the record that was morally compromised? Do you even understand how that makes her ineffective? You sound bitter and spiteful since you clearly couldn't handle the job and speaking from experience you don't need a college education to do it. So let me be clear, the clerk and Mr. Munson are some of the most hard working, intelligent, informed people I know at the city. They are the people that everyone goes to when they need something. So if all you came here to do was feed some grudge you have because your work was subpar, you don't want it here. You can be mad, you can dislike her... Whatever but this is about her work. Unless you can talk specifically and factually about her work you need not comment anymore.

Posted by Tiffany Wheeler on 07/21/2016 at 3:24 AM

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